Ladies and over-50s take Bognor oche limelight

Over-50s KO winner Andy Stubbs and runner-up John Luff
Over-50s KO winner Andy Stubbs and runner-up John Luff

The Bognor Friday Night Summer League’s over-50s and ladies knockouts were held at Newtown Social Club.

For the over-50s, 26 players took to the oche, including four former champions.

The first semi-final saw John Luff (Chi Snooker ‘A’) beat former two-time champion Derrick Longhurst (Squash Club).

The second was a repeat of last year’s final and Keith Robinson (Chi Snooker ‘C’) went out to Andy Stubbs (Hunston Hares).

In the final Stubbs started with scores of 97, 78, 85, 85, and 100. Even a ton from Luff couldn’t get him close to Stubbs, who took the first leg in 20 darts.

The second leg saw Luff getting the big scores including a 140. Luff hit double 16 with the last dart to take the leg.

The last leg was close and soon both players were on a finish. Stubbs nearly bust his score with the first dart, but held his nerve to retain his title.

The ladies’ knockout saw only 11 players take to the oche, again including four former champions.

The first semi-final saw Michelle Skeites (The Station) lose to reigning champion Hayley Gatford (Hunston Hares).

The second saw Mary Todd (BRSA Ravens) lose to her daughter Mary-Jane Todd.

Gatford threw first in the final, but a few bad scores put Todd in the lead. Todd eventually took out the 64, taking the first leg.

Gatford picked up the scoring in the second leg and won it.

In the decider, it was nip and tuck but Gatford hit double four to take her fifth summer ladies’ knockout champion title.

SUSSEX SUPER LEAGUE

Bognor travelled to Worthing, but their new shirts didn’t help as they lost 9-0. Dave Bourne had Bognor’s best average of 21-93.

Bognor: B Marshall, M Todd, K Wingate, D Bourne, A Chant, B Todd, P Duckett, E Bist, S McDougall.

Bognor were then at home to Southwick Roman Numerals. They felt they had a great chance of their first win, but lost 6-3.

Dave Bourne was the Bognor man of the match with a 24.23 average and a 3-1 win.

Emma Bist won 3-1 as did did Ben Lubbe with a 116 check-out.

Bognor: B Marshall, K Wingate, D Bourne, S McDougall, E Bist, B Lubbe, A Chant, R Allen, M Todd.

The team have thanked Bognor FC and Ian Guppy for their polo shirts and JW Sports and Unique Printing for the embroidery.

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